36th Annual Chesterton Conference

The Tyranny of the Learned: 36th Annual G.K. Chesterton ConferenceThe Tyranny of the Learned

36th Annual G.K. Chesterton Conference

July 27-29, 2017

University of Colorado-Colorado Springs


The theme of this year’s conference is “The Tyranny of the Learned.” We have an excellent roster of speakers including Dale Ahlquist, David Mills, Mark Shea, Kerry MacArthur, Regina Doman, Kent Feuerborn, James Woodruff, Joseph Pearce, Mark Pilon, Robert Moore-Jumonville, Cameron Moore, Christopher Check, and David Deavel.



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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918


3-Day Member Pricing: $395.00
3-Day Non-Member Pricing: $425.00
3-Day Student/Clergy Pricing: $355
All packages include registration, banquet, lodging, and meals



Where do I sign-up?

You may register and purchase tickets for the 3-day conference by visiting our conference page or by calling us toll-free 1-800-343-2425.

How much is this going to cost?

If you are a member of the American Chesterton Society, discounted tickets are available. Registration this year looks a little different, as we are offering complete packages so that there is no confusion as to what has been purchased or what includes what. These packages include registration, banquet ticket, seven meals, on-campus parking, and a room for three nights – everything that you will need from the time you get on campus to the time you leave.

Why should I register early?

Please make sure to register right away as both the banquet and conference have sold out quickly in the past. Registration will close July 12, 2017, so make sure you have purchased your tickets by then!

Is student or clergy/religious discounted pricing available?

Yes. Please see the pricing information above.

May I bring family to the conference? Will there be anything for younger people?

There are many area attractions including the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, the National Museum of World War II Aviation, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and more.



I plan to attend the conference. Will registration include meal options?

This year, we have put together a registration package, which covers the cost of room, meals, banquet, and parking, in addition to registration.



Is the Saturday evening banquet included with the price of registration?

Banquet tickets are included in the registration package this year. A catered dinner will be served, special items will be auctioned, and someone will drink from the famous Cup of Inconvenience.

What if I want to buy tickets to the banquet onsite?

Due to capacity limitations and hotel requirements, banquet tickets will not be available for purchase at the conference. Please make sure to book in advance. Banquet tickets are available online or by calling toll free 1-800-343-2425, on a first come, first served basis.



Whom should I contact about requesting a vendor table at the conference?

Vendors should reference our Vendor Guidelines or contact our conference director at rose@chesterton.org

I would love to sponsor a seminarian. How may I do that?

Introducing the next generation of priests and religious to G.K. Chesterton is vital to their formation. Please contact us directly at 1-800-343-2425.

I’d love to see some sights in the area. Do you have any recommendations?

For those of you hoping to combine the trip with some sightseeing, here are some shrines and sites of interest.
* Mother Cabrini shrine – A beautiful pilgrimage destination that overlooks Denver. Can do the stations of the cross as you climb a hill to a stone arrangement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that was placed by Saint Francis Cabrini. http://www.mothercabrinishrine.org
* The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception – Is the mother church of the archdiocese of Denver. It has the most stained glass of any church of any denomination in America! In 1993 Saint John Paul II said mass there as a part of World Youth Day. He knelt and prayed on the same kneeler that is in front of the large crucifix to the left of the alter. http://www.denvercathedral.org
* Chapel on the Rock – Church near Rocky Mountain National Park that Saint John Paul II stayed at. Cool story: When JP II came and stayed, he would walk around the property with a walking stick he had found in the forest. The retreat center kept the stick and displayed in their lobby. In 2011, a fire broke out and destroyed the retreat center. In the aftermath, as crews were sifting through the rubble, they found the walking stick still intact! It is now displayed in the St John Vianney Seminary. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel_on_the_Rock